An Almost-Three-Hour Tour

The “Around Manhattan Official NYC Architectural Boat Tour” guides passengers aboard Classic Harbor Line’s 1920s-style yacht “Manhattan” around New York City’s unofficial sixth borough: its spectacular waterfront. The almost 3-hour cruise circumnavigates Manhattan as AIANY tour guides chronicle the city’s evolution from an industrial, working waterfront into one increasingly focusing on recreational and residential uses. Continue reading “An Almost-Three-Hour Tour”

Fit City San Antonio: Something to Remember

The Metropolitan Health District of the City of San Antonio, in collaboration with the San Antonio Department of Planning & Community Development, the Mayor’s Fitness Council, AIA San Antonio, and the UTSA College of Architecture convened a conference on Tuesday, 03.19.13 called “Public Health and the Built Environment.” A packed ballroom at the St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel brought together an equal number of architects, designers, and public health professionals, evoking comparisons to our own Fit City conferences. Continue reading “Fit City San Antonio: Something to Remember”

Oculus Book Review: Marvin Mass’ “The Invisible Architect”

The Invisible Architect
Marvin Mass, PE with Janet Adams Strong, Ph.D
Piloti Press for Cosentini Associates, a TetraTech Company, 2012

In 1989, when Marvin Mass, PE, received the Franklin Institute’s Frank P. Brown Medal that honors “innovation and leadership in meritorious improvement in the building and allied industries,” Mass stated: “A building has more than a skin and bones; it also has a heart, veins, and nerves. They must all function together.”

This concept is at the heart of The Invisible Architect, a book that gives an intimate look at the dance between architecture and engineering in some of our country’s most notable buildings. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: Marvin Mass’ “The Invisible Architect””

How to Build a Skyscraper – The Center for Architecture Foundation’s March Family Day

The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) opened its doors Saturday, 03.09.13, for our March FamilyDay@theCenter program on Skyscrapers. 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Woolworth Building. To coincide with this momentous occasion families enjoyed a brief and interactive history of the skyscraper – from its early iterations in New York City and ending with the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which currently holds the title of tallest building in the world. Participants learned what makes a building a skyscraper – from the structural components needed to ensure the building stands up, to the forces that act on it, as well as the new and developing technologies allowing for bigger and taller structures. Continue reading “How to Build a Skyscraper – The Center for Architecture Foundation’s March Family Day”

Names in the News

Kirsten A. Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, has been named a Partner at Dattner Architects. She has previously served on the AIANY Board as the Director of Publications, and currently co-chairs the Outreach Working Group for the Chapter’s Post-Sandy Initiative…

The 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal recipients are Ronald Shiffman, FAICP, Hon. AIA NYS, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, Medal for Lifetime Leadership; Rosanne Haggerty, Community Solutions, Medal for New Ideas and Activism; Carl Skelton, Gotham Innovation Greenhouse, Medal for New Technology and Innovation; and Erin Barnes, Brandon Whitney, and Cassie Flynn, Team from ioby, Medal for New Technology and Innovation… Continue reading “Names in the News”

On View: At the Center for Architecture & About Town

At the Center for Architecture

BROADWAY: 1000 Steps
Through 04.10.13

The Edgeless School: Design for Learning
Through 05.25.13

Building Connections 2012
Through 06.15.13

Upcoming Exhibitions

About Town

Through 03.31.13: The William Holman Gallery presents a large solo exhibition of recent work by Tom Judd. The exhibition features drawings and paintings on canvas that explore the relationship between the modern architecture of Judd’s childhood, including the pink house he grew up in near Salt Late City, and other abandoned modern relics, such as 20th-century houses by Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, and Richard Neutra. View a catalogue of Judd’s work and a documentary video, titled “Tom Judd Remembers the Future.”
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New Deadlines

The Oculus 2013 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated in the calendar to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA: Read the latest issue of Oculus, Winter 2012, now available online.

05.01.13 Call for Proposals: 2013-14 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition Continue reading “New Deadlines”

The Far-Flung Varieties of Design Excellence

This year’s AIA New York Design Awards were distributed widely between large and small firms, between usual suspects and newcomers, and between high-profile, headline-grabbing projects and lesser-known, quietly impressive ones. Last Monday’s announcement of the winners – 21 in the Architecture category, six in Interiors, eight in Projects, and seven in Urban Design – demonstrated how New York’s architectural community expresses design excellence diversely, balancing attention to aesthetics, technical details, urban quality of life, and environmental responsibility. As Architizer founder Marc Kushner, AIA, guided the discussion with succinct, probing questions, the Juror Symposium offered frank insights into the strengths, contexts, and ambitions of these built and imagined projects. Continue reading “The Far-Flung Varieties of Design Excellence”